The Week Ahead: April 10-14

Communications Associate

April 10, 2017


“When you see this type of data, and what looks like the beginnings of people not reporting crime, we should all be concerned.”

— Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, on the decrease in Hispanics reporting rape and violent crimes in his jurisdiction, April 6


Readers in Houston, Miami to Discuss Culture, Values and Immigration

Following the release of “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books), Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, continues to discuss the book with communities across the country.

In Houston this evening, Noorani and Lomi Kriel, immigration reporter at the Houston Chronicle, will talk about some of the stories included in the book and what immigration means to our country now and in the future, at Barnes & Noble River Oaks.

A Miami reception sponsored by the Knight Foundation Thursday will mark the book’s release at Books & Books in Coral Gables, followed by a conversation with Noorani and WRLN Reporter Tim Padgett.

Recommended by Lou Dobbs, Jorge Ramos and Juan Williams, among others, the book highlights a variety of perspectives from across the country about what Americans really think about immigration, their experiences of immigrants and immigration, and why we should value immigrants.


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LOS ANGELES TIMES: Trump promised a border wall. Now these Texans worry the government will take their land
By Jenny Jarvie
April 7, 2017

For 2½ centuries, Cecilia Benavides’ family has owned land tangled with honey mesquite trees and towering clumps of cactus on a sweeping bend of the Rio Grande.

Generations of family have gathered by the water’s edge to swim, fish for catfish and alligator gar and hold Easter jamborees.

But this land is considered prime territory for something more than swimming and fishing: For years, the federal government has pondered a way to build a stronger barrier across it to halt illegal immigration from Mexico.

In February, federal authorities made the long-looming threat concrete. A letter from the U.S. attorney in southern Texas informed the Benavides family that the government intends to seize a 60-foot-wide strip of the property to build new sections of a border wall.

“It’s a beautiful piece of land, just like it was when the original settlers came over,” Noel Benavides, 74, Cecilia’s husband, said of the rustic plot where bobcats and peccaries roam. “You go in, and it’s a different world — but that’s not going to be once we have a big wall that cuts through the ecosystem.”

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SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS (Noorani Op-Ed): On immigration, compassion must be our guide
By Ali Noorani
April 8, 2017

Let’s be honest: As long as people on all parts of the spectrum make immigrants and immigration a political issue, we will see only more polarization and gridlock.

Instead, we should follow the faith and other leaders here in Texas who are infusing compassion into the debate — in their churches and at the border.

We see this compassion — and the great need for it — in the stories of children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who have fled gang violence and arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. These kids, often unaccompanied, have not been sneaking in but turning themselves in.

Yes, a secure border is important to our national and personal safety. We are most certainly a nation of laws, and America’s interests come first.

But we are also a nation of compassion. A nation of those who would do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

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